Boo! (TV series)
"Boo!" is a
children's television seriesshown in the United Kingdomon the CBeebieschannel, and occasionally on BBC Oneor BBC Two. It features several cartoon characters who play something similar to hide and seekin a variety of different settings. The commentary is by an adult narrator and a chorusof children. The series was produced by the independent programme maker Tell-Tale Productions, which was also responsible for " Tweenies".
The show was created by
Will Brentonand Iain Lauchlan, who as well as the "Tweenies" have also created and produced " Fun Song Factory", " BB3B!", and " Jim Jam and Sunny". Brenton also designed the characters.
The series was directed by Mark Taylor and produced by
Teresa Reed. Animationwas handled by the Bristolbased studio A Productions.
The voices of Growling Tiger and Sleeping Bear were provided by
Justin Fletcherand the voice of Laughing Duck was supplied by Kate Harbour. The children's voices were a supplied by a group of junior school children including Daniel Hardoon, Franklin Taylor Moore (son of Mark Taylor), Corey Lewis and Laura Reed. The male narrator is ex Freak Powersinger Ashley Slaterand the female narrator is Sharon D. Clarke.
The original design was created by
Rebecca Elgar, a children's author and illustrator.
The series ran to 104 episodes and one Christmas special and was nominated for a
At the end of the programme a song is sung, usually about matching characters or objects to their shapes or colours.
The visual style of "Boo!" is very distinctive, using 3D CGI with rounded shapes and cel-shading. The music and songs are generally in an early-70s funk/R&B idiom, similar to some of "
Sesame Street"'s music.
Sharon D. ClarkeAshley SlaterSharon White
* Billie-Jo Boyd
* Raef Commissar
* Sophie Eaton
* Daniel Hardoon
* William Howe
* Tiana Johnson
* Nina Kissaun
* Corey Lewis
* Lawrence Michelowski
* Peter Mooney
* Shanice Noble
* Jack O' Connor
* Michelle Osborne
* Laura Reed
* Sarah Slimani
* Shannon Stroud
* Jessica Suffield
* Franklin Taylor Moore
* Alexandra Thomas-Davies
* Charles Thomas-Davies
* Jonathan Thomas-Davies
* Matthew Thomas-Davies
* Luke Thornton
* Ella Williamson
Boo- a pear-shaped patchworkcreature with an orange (colour)star-shaped topknot. The main object of the program is to find Boo in his various hiding places. Half-way through each episode, Boo magically adopts attributes of his surroundings (e.g. becomes "Penguin Boo" in the Antarctic).
* Laughing Duck - a
yellowsoft-toy duck, who laughs when "found".
* Sleeping Bear - a
brownteddy bear who is usually asleep, yawning or stretching when "found". The catchphrase associated with Sleeping Bear is "Shhh... tippy-toe, tippy-toe".
* Growling Tiger - a friendly soft-toy tiger with fluffy
whiteears. Says "Roar!" ("not" "Growl!") when found. His associated catchphrase is "Run away! Run away!"
Other characters, both human and animal vary from one episode to another, but all are depicted in a style reminiscent of
*Deep Blue Sea
*Woods at Night
*City at Night
"Boo!" can be seen in the
United Stateson qubo's digital channel and Australia's ABC. "Boo!" is also available in Canadaon the French educational public broadcaster TFO. See official site for more information: [http://www.tfo.org]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/characterpages/boo/ CBeebies - "Boo!"] at
* "Variety" story from MIPCOM 2002: [http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=mipcom2002&content=story&nav=news&head=news&articleID=VR1117874081 BBC goes 'Boo!']
* Biographical information for
Karl Woolley, sometime Managing Director of Tell-Tale Productions: [http://www.liontv.co.uk/_london/about/karl_woolley.html]
* Link to A Productions [http://www.aproductions.co.uk]
* [http://qubo.com/channel/boo-episode.asp Qubo: Boo! Episode Guide]
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